Is Curing Insomnia Key to Curing Depression?

Posted on 12/2/2013 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthA New York Times editorial called it possibly “the most dramatic advance in treating depression in decades.” Psychologist and sleep specialist Michael Breus, writing in the Huffington Post, said it could “dramatically change and broaden treatment for millions of people who suffer the debilitating effects of depression.” The excitement is over a new report that found that treating insomnia along with depression could double a person’s chance of overcoming the mood disorder. Even more surprising, patients’ insomnia was treated not …

This Year’s “Gone Girl”?

Posted on 08/22/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

EntertainmentHave you heard? This year’s Gone Girl is The Silent Wife by A. S. A. Harrison. Or at least that’s how Julie Bosman of The New York Times recently anointed Harrison’s dark and engaging thriller. For my money, The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes deserves the comparison instead, but there’s no denying the allure of The Silent Wife. Take, for example, the twisted dynamic between long-time companions Jodi and Todd, a successful 40-something couple in Chicago whose life starts to …

Depressed? Help Could Be A Phone Call Away

Posted on 06/6/2012 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthTalking with a therapist on the phone may be more helpful for depressed patients than coming to a therapist’s office. That’s the finding of a new Northwestern University medical school study that found that patients with depression who got therapy over the phone were more likely to complete 18 weeks of treatment than those who had face-to-face sessions. “Now therapists can make house calls,” said study author David Mohr, M.D., professor of preventive medicine at Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine. …